90% of IT professionals are concerned about facing a data breach this year

A new study from EiQ Networks has found that nearly 90% of IT professionals expressed “concern” or “high concern” that they would face a data breach in 2015, yet only 15% of respondents said they were “well prepared” for one.

According to EiQ, these findings reflect a “lack of confidence in existing security technologies and difficulties obtaining budget and specialized talent to effectively protect information systems in an increasingly complex threat environment.”

While the report’s main finding was that IT security professionals are concerned at the prospect of facing a data breach, the report also revealed that the same professionals were not confident in their organisations’ preparations:

  • Only 15% reported that they were “well prepared” for a data breach.
  • Only 21% were “confident” that their security technologies could mitigate cyber security risks.
  • Only 31% of respondents reported having a “solid process” in place for cyber defence.
  • 60% of respondents said they had only a “partial process” for cyber security and 11% had “no process at all”.

This widespread lack of confidence clearly demonstrates that organisations are not doing enough to mitigate cyber threats – and they know it. So what’s stopping them? A lack of time? Resources? Budget? Expertise?

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